81st Academy Awards

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Even though the Oscars were more in touch, I’d say, than they’ve been since I started watching them (I will always have a fondness in my heart for the clunky old timey versions too), and even though their choices were ...

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Yeah, of course it’d be Mark Lisanti, who is now working over at Vanity Fair. His rundown is the best and the funniest I’ve read thus far. He pays tribute where it’s deserved and mocks where it’s deserved: The Sweded ...

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Bump and grind. The bump is the 13% increase in viewership over last year’s broadcast (from 32 million in 2008 to 36.3 million last night). The grind is the fact that’s this increase falls short of the 40 million viewers ...

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Go on, it tastes good.

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Can a guy who’s survived decades of Oscars letdowns ever find anything new to love? Roger that: It was the best Oscar show I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen plenty. The Academy couldn’t bring it in under three and a ...

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Writing for the Carpetbagger, Tony Scott: A Small Oscars By A.O. Scott It looks like they might bring this one in at under three hours, so I’ll curb my complaining. And I’ll close by noting that this seemed not only ...

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Ryan, for all of your dedication and hard work and brilliant writing. The readers of AD for all of your inventive, lively discussion – you really make this site what it is. Fellow bloggers for all of the tips, lengthy ...

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I’m going to quietly simmer about my own personal disappointments, just as many of you can happily celebrate your triumphs. I think we can all agree that this dreadful year is better off tucked into bed where it can rest ...

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And here. We. Go. Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark ...

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There are the Slumdog folks!

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Oscar.com’s printable ballot — download it.

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Matt Drudge has just dropped a heavy load on the wet wings of the Oscar telecast with this Sunday morning headline:

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I’ve been wondering, what is the best thing, what is the worst thing? Here a few thoughts of mine. The Kiss of Death is what we call the Spirit Awards because it’s usually the last stop a contender makes before ...

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“Well, I’d take $1 billion over a Best Picture¬†Oscar any day,”¬† declares Nikki Finke. [poll id=”3″]

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Okay, this is scary. What in the world are they planning over there at the Kodak? Michael Cieply gets this bit of news: From the looks of it, the Oscars are going to be more fun than the Rose Parade. ...

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Bruce Vilanch raises expectations, sort of: This year for best supporting actor you have Robert Downey Jr. in blackface and then you have Heath Ledger. So how do write something like that? Actually, this year we’re going to do supporting ...

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Weirdly enough, after the following clip, I actually experienced some excitement for the first time ever regarding the ceremony itself – it could be really great. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjPaTUD3N4[/youtube]

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